libieee1284 — IEEE1284 communications library
#include <ieee1284.h> cc files... -lieee1284
The libieee1284 library is a library for accessing parallel port devices.
The model presented to the user is fairly abstract: a list of parallel ports with arbitrary names, with functions to access them in various ways ranging from bit operations to block data transfer in one of the IEEE 1284 sanctioned protocols.
Although the library resides in user space the speed penalty may not be as bad as you initially think, since the operating system may well provide assistance with block data transfer operations; in fact, the operating system may even use hardware assistance to get the job done. So, using libieee1284, ECP transfers using DMA are possible.
The normal sequence of events will be that the application
get a list of available ports
look for a device on each port that it is interested
open each port it finds a device it can control
The list of ports returned from
ieee1284_find_ports can now be
disposed of using
Then when it wants to control the device, it will
ieee1284_claim to prevent
other drivers from using the port
then perhaps do some data transfers
when it is finished that that particular command.
This claim-control-release sequence will be repeated
each time it wants to tell the device to do
Finally when the application is finished with the
device it will call
Usually a port needs to be claimed before it can be used. This is to prevent multiple drivers from trampling on each other if they both want to use the same port. The exception to this rule is the collection of IEEE 1284 Device IDs, which has an implicit open-claim-release-close sequence. The reason for this is that it may be possible to collect a Device ID from the operating system, without bothering the device with it.
ieee1284_find_ports is first
called, the library will look for a configuration file,
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The only configuration instruction that is currently recognised is “disallow method ppdev”, for preventing the use of the Linux ppdev driver.
You can enable debugging output from the library by
setting the environment variable
LIBIEEE1284_DEBUG to any value.
parport(3), parport_list(3), ieee1284_find_ports(3), ieee1284_free_ports(3), ieee1284_get_deviceid(3), ieee1284_open(3), ieee1284_close(3), ieee1284_claim(3), ieee1284_release(3), ieee1284_data(3), ieee1284_status(3), ieee1284_control(3), ieee1284_negotiation(3), ieee1284_ecp_fwd_to_rev(3), ieee1284_transfer(3), ieee1284_get_irq_fd(3), ieee1284_set_timeout(3)